Convicted animal abuser found hiding out on horse farm in Sioux - KOTA Territory News

Convicted animal abuser found hiding out on horse farm in Sioux Falls area


A Rapid City man, convicted of animal abuse, has been apprehended in the Sioux Falls area. 

According to a news release from the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, the Sioux Falls Area Joint Task Force and the McCook County Sheriff's Office found 52-year-old Donald Harwood hiding out at a horse farm in Canistota. He was taken into custody and is being held at the Minnehaha County Jail.

Harwood has been a fugitive since October when the Pennington County Sheriff's Office received bench warrants for his arrest.

In January of 2013, authorities seized 69 horses on the leased Rapid Valley property of Donald and Terry Harwood . Many of the horses had not been fed or given water. A jury in August convicted the Harwoods  on nine counts each of inhumane treatment of an animal. Donald Harwood received a 5 year sentence; Terry Harwood received one year in jail.

Arrangements are being made with the Minnehaha authorities to transport Harwood back to Pennington County.

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